“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home…The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” – Psalm 91:9-10, 14-16.
The Coronavirus will not fade away anytime soon. So during the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to keep our eyes and hearts fixed on God. It is a time to reflect on who He is, and what He has done. The more we read and pray, the more we put God at the center of everything, the more we’ll overcome our fears, anxieties, and temptations during this difficult season. The Bible remains a go-to source for Christians who find it difficult to pray during the coronavirus pandemic, or who simply want to remain hopeful during the pandemic.
Scripture is full of people who found themselves in similar, if not worse, circumstances than we find ourselves in today. One is King David. David authored many of the Psalms found in the Bible. In addition to there being psalms praising or thanking God, asking for His protection, and asking for His justice against enemies, the are psalms that either affirm the author’s faith in or ask for God’s divine protection.
Three such psalms are Psalm 23, Psalm 27, and Psalm 91. If you spent any time in church you probably are familiar with Psalm 23, which begins with the declaration: “The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” It states further in verse 4: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” Another Psalm that can help fight coronavirus fears is Psalm 27. This psalm is more about calling on God for protection while remembering why He is faithful and reliable. It begins in verse one: “The LORD is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” Verse 5 says, “For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.”
Finally, Psalm 91 is another prayer of protection. In this part of Scripture, the author again affirms faith in God as a protector of His people. It states in verses two and three: “This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.” Look at verses 5 and 6: “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.”
Reading the Bible is a good reminder of how others before us have turned to and trusted in God, and can provide us with peace of mind in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
- How can scripture give you peace and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What can we do this week to convert scripture reading into new mental outlooks?